I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education

I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education This page promotes the annual Film Festival, "I've Known Rivers", which is a project under the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency, FAMLI, Inc.

I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Entertainment Vision Statement The Vision of the I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival (INRFF) is to live in a world in which the collective images of people of African descent are seen in a positive, productive and inspirational light. Further, we envision a world in which our artists and business persons attain ownership of the means of production in regards to their intellectual, cultural and artistic creations and areas in which they endeavor including music, film, business and otherwise. Mission Statement Through the magic of film, the mission of the IKRFF is to promote, preserve, contemplate and celebrate the historical and contemporary experiences, journeys & stories of people of African Descent. This will be done through the exhibition and screening of movies, documentaries, interviews, concerts, and other available visual expressions. Goals & Objectives Our goals and objectives include the annual (and year-round) screening of quality, culturally and educationally relevant films that reinforce positive images and messages that inspire the human spirit. I’ve Known Rivers is a dynamic film festival that includes live performances, educational symposium, a fashion showcase, a vendors marketplace and more. Finally, we are committed to introducing visual content that promotes and cultivates a spirit of intellectual curiosity and civic/community engagement. A portion of the proceeds from our Film Festival supports the mentoring and after school life skills management and enrichment program for at risk/vulnerable youth entitled, See a Man, Be a Man. This dynamic relevant, effective programs, as does the film festival, operates under the umbrella of the foundation for arts, mentoring, leadership and innovation, aka, FAMLI, Inc., the parent company. The I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival of arts, culture & education is a project of the FAMLI, Inc. aka, foundation for arts, mentoring, leadership and innovation. FAMLI, Inc. is a 501 © (3) nonprofit agency, founded in 1992 by Torrence Brannon-Reese. Tax I.D.# 95-4420147 Home / [email protected] / 323 864.2656

01/23/2020

Who would you say are the top ten Black Actors of all time?

This story was published in 1993 (26 years ago) by the Sacramento Bee Newspaper. They sent reporters to Los Angeles to c...
10/02/2019

This story was published in 1993 (26 years ago) by the Sacramento Bee Newspaper. They sent reporters to Los Angeles to craft stories around the Rodney King / Uprising / Riots / Gangs issues, etc.

This particular photo chronicles my work with vulnerable youth, angry at a currupt social/political system that had just freed obviously guilty Police Officer's, whose crimes were caught on camera. The challenges in respect of my work were many; articulating and fighting Wjite Supremacy/Institutional Racism, Black Self-Hatred, aka, Gang Violence, Political infighting, Negro Classism, etc. Yet, youth were then and still today are of major concern in my mind; time and again, we (a society of selfish adults) have failed them.

I post this piece as a reminder to us, to myself, to up and coming young educators, activists and socially conscious artists; this is a marathon, it ain't a 100 yard sprint. We must remain consistent, diligent, focused and sincere of heart.

Let's continue protecting our youth, they are our "right now"....

Hold the date...8th annual I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture & education, November 22-24, 2019, 10am -  ...
09/08/2019

Hold the date...

8th annual I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture & education, November 22-24, 2019, 10am - 10pm in Leimert Park Black Arts Village!

Theme: 1619 - 2019, Egalite, from Slavery 2 Liberation!

07/25/2019
Generation Hip Hop USA

Stand with us to empower the next generation. We're encouraging youth to make a difference in the world through hop hop music, dance, art, and fashion. This isn't gangsta rap! This is a worldwide social change MOVEMENT! So show your support and click like. Thanks. #generationhiphopusa #generationhiphopglobal #hiphop #5elements

Generation Hip Hop USA, a chapter of Generation Hip Hop Global, is a youth development non-profit that uses the five elements of hip hop to promote social change & entrepreneurship for youth.

06/04/2019

The story of the Central Park Five is a must see..

05/18/2019
Let's Be Whole

Let's Be Whole

FREE HEALTHY FOOD DISTRIBUTION TONIGHT @ 9;30 pm: On the corner of 83rd St & Western Ave. in S. L.A. across from Green Tree Yoga. We'll have food from Trader Joes, an abundant SURPLUS of onions, apples, zucchini, snap peas & radishes from Food Forward, and more goodies. Help us prevent food waste! Come out or tell a friend!

Holistic wellness brand, Let's Be Whole spent another beautiful day serving organic produce in our South L.A. Community....
04/15/2019

Holistic wellness brand, Let's Be Whole spent another beautiful day serving organic produce in our South L.A. Community. People from all nationalities & ages were able to freely receive nutritious fruits & veggies! Shout out to Angel Aviles for being of service today by helping us pick up and distribute the produce in Leimert Park! And shout out to Africa Town Coalition for doing their part as partners to distribute food to the community ! @letsbewhole #organicproduce #foodrevolution #wellness #socialjustice #nutrition #nutrients #fooddesert #farmersmarket #health #fooddistribution #nofoodwaste

Let's Be Whole spent another beautiful day serving organic produce in our South L.A. Community. People from all nationalities & ages were able to freely receive nutritious fruits & veggies! Shout out to Angel Aviles for being of service today by helping us pick up and distribute the produce! And shout out to Africa Town Coalition for doing their part as partners to distibute food to the community ! @letsbewhole #organicproduce #foodrevolution #wellness #socialjustice #nutrition #nutrients #fooddesert #farmersmarket #health #fooddistribution #nofoodwaste

I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education
10/16/2018

I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education

08/20/2018

I saw Blackkklansman recently, and was reminded why Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers this country has produced. From the opening scene, featuring a riveting shot from the classic, yet, racially unbalanced, prejudiced & stereotypical Gone With the Wind (1939) showing Scarlett O'hara, (Vivien Leigh) scurrying across a field full of hundreds of dead, confederate bodies, to its timely, violent, authentic real-life ending in Charlottesville, Virginia (2017), Here, I will not attempt to write a review, but, suffice it to say, this movie speaks truth to power, tells a story that had yet to be told, about a Black man who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, and lived to tell about it! Jordan Peale produced this flick, and you can see his inflections, working in harmony with the genius of the legendary Spike Lee; don't miss this film, and bring some young folks, they will receive a great history lesson, which we all need..

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07/23/2018

I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education's cover photo

Press Advisory! For Immediate Release Contact: Torrence Brannon(323) 864.2656 /torrencereese@hotmail.com or famlisoul.or...
06/21/2018

Press Advisory!

For Immediate Release Contact:
Torrence Brannon
(323) 864.2656 /[email protected] or famlisoul.org /
www.famlisoul.org

I’ve Known Rivers - FILM FESTIVAL.

Who: FAMLI, Inc., (foundation for arts, mentoring, leadership and Innovation) a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency.

What: FILM FESTIVAL - I've Known Rivers Film Festival of Arts, Culture and Education, (INRFF) is a project of FAMLI, Inc., and features over 35 films (community screenings at five distinct Village venues) live entertainment, fashions -
educational symposiums & workshops, poetry, dance, food, classic Black music photo gathering of artists, vendors, and much more.

When: November 16 - 18th, 2018, from 12:00 noon until 10:00 pm (each day) Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Where: Leimert Park Black Arts Village, 4300 Block of Degnan Blvd., LA, CA 90008.

Why: To raise awareness and monies for FAMLI'S youth & human interest programs & services.

03/09/2017

Get Out,

A movie worth its weight in gold, go see a film that paints an unusually accurate portrayal of racism in America...

The Oscars, how important is it that Black actor's participate and win? Why is it important? And, aside from the obvious...
02/28/2017

The Oscars, how important is it that Black actor's participate and win? Why is it important? And, aside from the obvious "economic" factor, is winning an Oscar more important, than winning a say, winning an NAACP Image award?

12/03/2016

Thanks to all who supported I've Known River's, even if only with positive thoughts, thank you all!

This weekend!Lemeirt Park Hosts a Classic Black Film Experience by "I've Known Rivers Film Festival" Fri-Sun 12pm-10pmIn...
11/08/2016

This weekend!
Lemeirt Park Hosts a
Classic Black Film Experience by "I've Known Rivers Film Festival"
Fri-Sun 12pm-10pm
Indie films also showing. Bring the Family!

This weekend!Lemeirt ParkClassic Black Film Experience
11/07/2016

This weekend!
Lemeirt Park
Classic Black Film Experience

11/07/2016

I've Known Rivers Film Festival
Nov. 11-13. in Lemeirt Park 12pm-10pm
Donations: Students $5 /Adults $7 /All day access $25
Over 40 classic Black Films x 5 Venues
Proceeds to Famli.inc (SAMBAM) (non profit)
*Also Panels and Live Entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

Would you like to volunteer?

11/06/2016

We're excited to know who's coming to the 6th annual "I've Known Rivers Film Festival!" (Panels, Entertainment and over 45 classic black films showing in 5 different venues)

Leave a comment if you're coming to experience an unforgettable wkd!
Nov 11-13, 2016. Lemeirt Park 12pm-10pm

I’ve Known River’s FILM FESTIVAL (Draft)of Arts, Culture & EducationDa Program & Schedule Note: Information subject to c...
10/06/2016

I’ve Known River’s FILM FESTIVAL (Draft)
of Arts, Culture & Education
Da Program & Schedule

Note: Information subject to change, venues, guest speakers, etc. Also, the Sunday schedule is not yet posted, coming soon!

Festival Theme: Blacks in Film, I’ll Make Me a World!
Fri, Sat & Sun, 12noon – 10pm / November 11, 12, & 13th, 2016

VENUES:
I. The Vision Complex Theater/Venue Theme: I’ve Known River’s, a Dark Journey in Film
3341 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90008.
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Saturday 11/12/16
2PM – 3:25PM The Emperor Jones, starring Paul Robeson, (1933, 1 hour & 13 mins).
3:30PM – 5:15PM St. Louis Blues, starring Eartha Kitt, Ruby Dee, Billy Preston, Pearl Bailey and the immortal Nat King Cole, (1958, 1 hour & 45mins).

5:25 PM – 7:10PM the Spook Who Sat by the Door, starring Lawrence Cook, (1973, 102 mins).

7:20Pm – 8:50PM Special Surprise Screening!

II. The World Stage: “Black Music, Our Cultural Gift to the World”
Saturday, 11/12/16

2PM – 4PM, Classic Black Music Photo Gathering – 20th Anniversary Celebration in front of the Vision Complex Theater!

4:30 – 5:30, Ode to Malcolm, Rare Concert on Film, featuring Horace Tapscott, Billy Higgins, Dr. Art Davis and Dwight Trible. Also, the Voices of UGMAA, and the late great poet, D. Knowledge.

5:40 – 6:10p, Interview with Dwight Trible & Steven Isoardi

6:20 – 8PM Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown

8:10 – 9: 30 What Happened Miss Simone? The story of Nina Simone



III. Adassa Café : Black Males, an American Dilemma

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Symposium, ”Does America Hate Black Men?”
Moderated by: Torre` Brannon-Reese
Panelist include: Mr. Eric Strong, Educator/Activist/Youth Advocate, Pianky/Grasshoppa, Professor Michael Datcher,

1:30 – 3:30PM “The 13th” - Mass Incarceration, a film by Ava Duvenay, (2016, 1 hour & 40 mins)
followed by Q & A.

4:00 – 6:30PM, “The Black Panther’s, Vanguard of the Revolution” - All Power to the People. Followed with a Q & A by former Chicago Panther Michael McCarthy!

7:10 – 9:00PM “Iceburg Slim, Portrait of a Pimp”, Documentary, starring Ice-T, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, with interviews of Iceburg Slim himself.

9:00 PM, Conversation with Mr. Andre` Taylor, a former Master Pimp, now transformed into a nationally known motivational speaker, educator and activist.


IV. Barbara Morrison’s Performing Arts Center:
4305 Degnan Blvd., LA, CAA 9008

Venue Theme: “Colored People, A History of Blacks in Film”

4PM – 5:30 PM “Stormy Weather,” starring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway, (1943).

5:10 – 6:30 “Take a Giant Step” starring Johnny Nash and Ruby Dee, (1959, ).

6:40 – 8:15pm “Tomango” starring Dorothy Dandridge and Curt Jurgens, (1959, 1 hour & 38 mins).

V. People Street, on the BIG SCREEN! Venue Theme: “A Time for Revolution”

Saturday, November 12, 2016

5:30pm – 6:30pm “Negro’s With Guns, Rob Williams and Black Power!” (58 mins)

6:40pm – 8:00pm “The Murder of Fred Hampton” (88 mins)

8:10pm – 10:00pm ”H. Rap Brown & Stokely Carmichael, Patriot Saints of the Revolution”
Sunday, November 13, 2016

5:30pm – 6:30pm “Egalite` for All, Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution”

6:40pm – 7:40pm “Thomas Sankara, The Upright Man (Revolution in Burkino Faso, Africa’s Greatest President)

7:50pm – 9:32pm ”Free Angela, and All Political Prisoners” Angela Davis, American Prisoner, Activist, Political Icon, Revolutionary, Educator, Legend!

I’ve Known River’s FILM FESTIVAL
of Arts, Culture & Education
Fri, Sat & Sun, 12noon – 10pm / November 11, 12, & 13th, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016

LA Third Church for Spiritual Living; Theme: Fire Next Time, and Still We Rise!!
4323 Leimert Blvd., LA, CA 90008

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Educational Symposium, “Gentrification in Chocolate City – Quest for a Black Wallstreet”
Facilitator: Dr. Joyce Watts, Executive Director, Village Nation, Inc.

4:30 PM Venue: Film Screening “Black Wallstreet”
Venue: Adassa Café`, 4305 Degnan Blvd (just west of the Church, less than ½ block walk).

A sustainable Black Community, 1921.

Black legacy of success…

- Negro Baseball “National” Leagues,
- Black Swan Records, 1921
- Harlem Renaissance, 1930’s
- Joe Louis
- Jesse Owens
- Sugar Ray Ronbinson
- Bill Bojangals Robinson
- Lena Horne

I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of Arts, Culture and Education official flyer!
09/19/2016

I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of Arts, Culture and Education official flyer!

The 5th annual I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture & education, November 11 - 13th, 2016 from 12noon till ...
08/22/2016

The 5th annual I've Known River's FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture & education, November 11 - 13th, 2016 from 12noon till 10pm each day...

"Little White Lies," whew!Screening at the I've Known Rivers FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture& education, Little White Lie...
08/05/2016

"Little White Lies," whew!

Screening at the I've Known Rivers FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture& education, Little White Lies is the intriguing life story of a little white Jewish Girl, Lacey Schartz, who was actually a little Black Jewish girl, but she did not know it, because her mama never told her!

Little White Lies is a tale of family secrets, denial,marital deceit and object infidelity. It is a story about a young lady in search of self and he r true racial and cultural identity, this is a can't miss film!

20th Anniversary Classic Photo Gathering - Save the Date. Saturday, November 12, 2016, Leimert Park Black Arts Village, ...
08/05/2016

20th Anniversary Classic Photo Gathering - Save the Date. Saturday, November 12, 2016, Leimert Park Black Arts Village, 2:00 pm, onsite at the I've Known Rivers FILM FESTIVAL of arts, culture & education!

This gathering of musical artists, which occurred on Saturday, May 18, 1996, in front of the World Stage Performance Space in Leimert Park. This year, we pay our respects to some of those who have become ancestors, they include, pianist/activist Horace Tapscott, band leader Gerald Wilson, bass legend Art Davis, drum king Billy Higgins, culturalist Bobbe Zeno, drum maker artist Juno Lewis, and many others..

Stay tuned, its gonna be real. Inbox me for more info.....
Keep the music on in your life!!!

I’ve Known RiversFilm Festival of Arts, Culture & Education      Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 11, 12 & 13, 201612...
08/02/2016

I’ve Known Rivers
Film Festival of Arts, Culture & Education


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 11, 12 & 13, 2016
12 noon – 10 pm each day in Leimert Park Black Arts Village
Over 40 Films screened in 5 separate Venues in the Village area!
Live concert performances, poetry & spoken word, dance, a Black Family Fashion show, Classic Musicians Photo Gathering, State of the Race Conference, Educational Seminars, Food, Vendors, Youth Film Screenings, Children’s activities and more!

For more information, call 323 864.2656 or email us at [email protected], and visit us on Facebook at I’ve Known Rivers Film Festival.

Donations for Film Screenings are $5 for youth & students (I.D. Required) $25 for an All-Day Screenings Pass,

$75 for Nubia All-Access Pass, (includes all films, panels, concerts, etc.
$7 single entry fee for any film or panel.

This event is a Fundraiser for FAMLI,’s See A Man, Be A Man Mentoring program for boys. The Film Festival and Mentoring program are both projects of FAMLI, Inc., a 501 © (3) nonprofit agency, founded in 1992, and attaining its nonprofit status in 1993.

07/30/2016

the Spook who sat by the door

"One of the most important Black Films ever made"
Tim Reid, legendary actor/director.

We are excited to screen a film that continues to grow in relevance, especially these days, given the current political /racial climate in our nation.

Word is, is that this film was so potentially explosive, that it was banned and almost totally destroyed, yet, one copy of it was found in a vault where it had been hidden for 30 years, restored, and then eventually released to dvd!

Specific time & Leimert Park venue TBA. A discussion with Q & A to follow!

"While Revolutionaries as Individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas"  Thomas Sankara,1984.Another film that we ...
07/29/2016

"While Revolutionaries as Individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas" Thomas Sankara,1984.

Another film that we are proud to screen, chronicles the life and career of one of the most amazing human beings I've ever heard of, Thomas Sankara (1949 - 1987, Rest in Power) former President of Burkino Faso, which means, the land of upright men (formally Colonial land Upper Volta) who proved that ideas can change the world!

Thomas Sankara was arguably the greatest President in Post Colonial Africa. The story of Thomas Sankara is one of epic proportions. Here was a very young man who came into power at the tender age of 33, and in a span of only four short years, totally transformed his nation, and in the process, inspired & influenced the entire continent of Africa, and millions of freedom lovers the world over!

In that short time, he stood firm against imperialist France, redistributed land from the landlords to the peasants, promoted gender equality and women's rights, put an end to female circumcision, made the politicians give up all luxuries, no more first class, he cut his salary and the salaries of all of so-called dignitaries, even making them fly coach! He put an end to Colonial Taxes, he feed all of the people, housed the homeless, and provided education for the nation, and got rid of diseases, as his government was the first African nation to recognize the AIDS epidemic as a major threat to Africa, and he was one the first heads of state in the world to appoint women to major government positions!

In many ways, he embodied the dreams of Dr.King, the vision of Malcolm X, the courage of the Black Panthers, and the revolutionary spirit of Che` Guevara. This is a can't miss film, for all interested in freedom and liberation!

Thomas Sankara, the Upright Man! Screening date, time and specific (Leimert Park Village) location forthcoming!

07/23/2016

Cooley High is my favorite movie of all time, what is yours?

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07/22/2016

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